25 Facts About Hiroshima


Hiroshima was founded in 1589 as a castle town on the Ota River delta.

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Since being rebuilt after the war, Hiroshima has become the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Honshu.

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Region where Hiroshima stands today was originally a small fishing village along the shores of Hiroshima Bay.

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Hiroshima was established on the delta coastline of the Seto Inland Sea in 1589 by powerful warlord Mori Terumoto.

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Hiroshima Castle was quickly built, and in 1593 Mori moved in.

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The winner of the battle, Tokugawa Ieyasu, deprived Mori Terumoto of most of his fiefs, including Hiroshima and gave Aki Province to Masanori Fukushima, a daimyo who had supported Tokugawa.

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Hiroshima became a major urban center during the imperial period, as the Japanese economy shifted from primarily rural to urban industries.

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Hiroshima narrates the stories of six bomb survivors immediately before and four months after the dropping of the Little Boy bomb.

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Hiroshima was rebuilt after the war, with help from the national government through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law passed in 1949.

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Hiroshima contains a Peace Pagoda, built in 1966 by Nipponzan-Myohoji.

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Hiroshima was proclaimed a City of Peace by the Japanese parliament in 1949, at the initiative of its mayor, Shinzo Hamai .

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The city government continues to advocate the abolition of all nuclear weapons and the Mayor of Hiroshima is the president of Mayors for Peace, an international Mayoral organization mobilizing cities and citizens worldwide to abolish and eliminate nuclear weapons by 2020.

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Hiroshima is situated on the Ota River delta, on Hiroshima Bay, facing the Seto Inland Sea on its south side.

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Hiroshima has a humid subtropical climate characterized by cool to mild winters and hot, humid summers.

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Hiroshima is served by NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, with television and radio broadcasting.

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Hiroshima University was established in 1949, as part of a national restructuring of the education system.

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Hiroshima is served by Hiroshima Airport, located 50 kilometres east of the city, with regular flights to Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai, Okinawa, and to China, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea.

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Hiroshima is notable, in Japan, for its light rail system, nicknamed Hiroden, and the "Moving Streetcar Museum".

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Streetcars and light rail vehicles are still rolling down Hiroshima's streets, including streetcars 651 and 652, which survived the atomic blast and are among the older streetcars in the system.

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When Kyoto and Fukuoka discontinued their trolley systems, Hiroshima bought them up at discounted prices, and, by 2011, the city had 298 streetcars, more than any other city in Japan.

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Hiroshima is served by Japan National Route 2, Japan National Route 54, Japan National Route 183, Japan National Route 261, Japan National Route 433, Japan National Route 487, Japan National Route 488.

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Hiroshima has a professional symphony orchestra, which has performed at Wel City Hiroshima since 1963.

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Hiroshima's rebuilt castle houses a museum of life in the Edo period.

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Hiroshima is known for okonomiyaki, a savory pancake cooked on an iron plate, usually in front of the customer.

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Woodone Open Hiroshima was part of the Japan Golf Tour between 1973 and 2007.

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